Category Archives: women

The Legend of the White Snake: A Chinese Mélusine Story

  A husband ‘accidentally’ glimpses into his wife’s bedchamber only to discover that the lady whom he believed to be fair, noble, and undoubtedly human – is in fact a (partial) snake. This unfortunate discovery, though hushed for a short … Continue reading

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Why Did Elizabeth Woodville Leave Sanctuary?

On March 1, 1484, Richard III swore an extraordinary oath. In front of “lords spiritual and temporal” and the mayor and aldermen of London, he promised that if Elizabeth Woodville and her daughters came out of sanctuary at Westminster, he … Continue reading

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Ten Medieval Warrior Women

While Joan of Arc is well-known as a woman who was involved in medieval warfare, there are many more examples of women who took up arms or commanded armies during the Middle Ages. Here is our list of ten medieval … Continue reading

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How to dress in the Middle Ages

Ever wonder what went into dressing in the Middle Ages?  These helpful videos will show you how men and women dressed for all occasions.

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Medieval and modern concepts of rights: how do they differ?

Medieval and modern concepts of rights: how do they differ? The Nature of Rights: Moral and Political Aspects of Rights in Late Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Virpi Mäkinen (Acta philosophica Fennica Vol.87, 2010) Abstract: To say that there … Continue reading

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A Five-Minute Guide to Medieval Fabrics

I don’t know about you, but I often read descriptions of medieval clothing and want to know more about the fabric: what did it look like and what was its texture? Read on for a brief overview, and part of … Continue reading

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Till death do us part? Divorce in medieval England

Two weeks ago we discussed medieval marriage, now what happens if a marriage breaks down in middle ages. In the middle ages, Church courts dealt with all religious matters including marriage, divorce and the punishment of adultery. Even after the … Continue reading

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